The Pole Dance

The pole I am referring to is the North magnetic pole. Unlike the rotational North pole, the magnetic poles don't stay in one place. The magnetic poles are generated in a complex way, by the rotating molten iron core of the Earth, and have a tendency to move around a bit.

The magnetic North pole has been in Canada for some years but it seems that it has now finally moved out into international waters, heading in the direction of Siberia. Far from being upset about the departure of the magnetic pole from Canada, Larry Newitt, head of the Natural Resources Canada geomagnetic laboratory in Ottawa takes solace in the fact that "we're still the closest country to it." This sentiment was echoed by Carolyn Relf, a geologist with Indian and Northern Affairs. "As long as Santa's still in the North, I don't care about the pole," she said.

Still, the pole dance is difficult to predict so one day it will probably be back on Canadian soil.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 14th Jun 2005 (11:27 UTC) | Permalink
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